I’m a software engineer, with an interest in operating systems, particularly in how they’re assembled – both the  nitty gritty stuff, Makefiles, build systems, and the improvements to engineering-efficiency that a good build system provides, as well as the organisational work you must do in the background. Code is less than a half of the work of a good engineering org, and having people on staff who’ve discovered that by experience is a fantastic asset.

For more about why I’m recently blogging here, see https://timsfoster.wordpress.com/2021/06/30/the-joyent-years-2018-2021

Before working at Joyent, I spent a significant amount of my career at Sun (and Oracle, after it acquired Sun) culminating in my being appointed kernel tech lead for Solaris, then eventually leaving the company. I ought to also point out that the views expressed on this blog are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Joyent, Samsung or Oracle.

Right now, I’m living in Inch, Co. Down (Northern Ireland), and have lived in Wellington (New Zealand) and Dublin (Ireland) in the past. My brain spends a lot of its time in the Bay Area, which probably results in my accent being a bit weird.

You may also want to follow me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/timfoster. You might also want to have a look at some photos I took at http://timfoster.smugmug.com/ or http://www.flickr.com/photos/timf.

I have a LinkedIn profile too.

6 thoughts on “About”

  1. Ray Rajan said:

    Hi Tim,

    I have installed your auto-snahot but where canI get svc:/application/time-slider?

    bash-3.00# svcs |grep -i auto
    online Apr_25 svc:/system/filesystem/autofs:default
    offline 10:54:26 svc:/system/filesystem/zfs/auto-snapshot:weekly
    offline 11:07:13 svc:/system/filesystem/zfs/auto-snapshot:hourly
    offline 11:07:18 svc:/system/filesystem/zfs/auto-snapshot:monthly
    offline 11:07:29 svc:/system/filesystem/zfs/auto-snapshot:frequent
    offline 11:25:45 svc:/system/filesystem/zfs/auto-snapshot:daily
    bash-3.00# svcs -lp svc:/system/filesystem/zfs/auto-snapshot:weekly
    fmri svc:/system/filesystem/zfs/auto-snapshot:weekly
    name ZFS automatic snapshots
    enabled true
    state offline
    next_state none
    state_time Tue May 18 10:54:26 2010
    restarter svc:/system/svc/restarter:default
    dependency require_all/refresh svc:/application/time-slider (absent)

  2. Hi Tim, I found your blog online. I understand you are a Solaris Admin because I’m in need of some urgent support and was hoping you could assist. Do you have a mobile I can reach you on?

    Sam – 021 619 136

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